No. 7
Nov. 19, 2005 - Auburn 28, Alabama 18

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Coach Tuberville's Top 10: Number 7  

This summer, Auburn fans had the opportunity to vote on the Top 10 games during the Tommy Tuberville Era. Fans had 25 games to choose from during the month-long voting. Now, AuburnTigers.com will unveil how fans voted, with game recaps and video highlights daily Monday through Friday for the next two weeks, counting down from No. 10 to No. 1.....So sit back, relax and enjoy....Here's No. 7...

No. 7
Nov. 19, 2005 - Auburn 28, Alabama 18

Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.

Auburn won its fourth straight game over Alabama in convincing fashion, scoring three first-quarter touchdowns against the nation's top-ranked scoring defense and setting a school record with 11 sacks en route to a 28-18 victory over the No. 8 Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The victory gave the Tigers a share of the SEC Western Division crown for the fifth time in Tommy Tuberville's first seven years as head coach. The win also gave No. 11 Auburn its first four-game winning streak against the Crimson Tide since 1986-89, and marked Auburn's sixth win in its last seven games against top-10 teams.

The Tiger offense was led by running back Kenny Irons, who finished with 103 yards rushing -- his sixth straight game over the century mark -- and wide receiver Ben Obomanu, who had both a receiving and rushing touchdown. Quarterback Brandon Cox, meanwhile, finished 14-of-21 for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

The Auburn defense held the Crimson Tide (9-2, 6-2) to 188 total yards while collecting the school-record 11 sacks. Stanley McClover led the team with 3.5 sacks and four tackles for losses. Playing in their final game at Jordan-Hare Stadium, seniors T.J. Jackson and Antarrious Williams both recorded 1.5 sacks.

Obomanu opened the game's scoring with a 7-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. It was the 18th of his career and moved him into sole possession of second place in AU history. The drive, which started on Alabama's 40-yard line, was highlighted by a 14-yard pass from Cox to Cooper Wallace. An Alabama personal foul pushed the Auburn offense ahead to the Tide 11-yard line and set up the Cox-to-Obomanu touchdown.

Alabama went three and out in its next possession and the Tigers capitalized. Starting on the Alabama 31-yard line, it took a rush by Irons and a 21-yard pass to Courtney Taylor for Auburn to get into the red zone. From eight yards out, Irons rushed up the middle for the score to give the Tigers an early 14-0 advantage.

Still in the first quarter, Alabama recorded its third negative drive in as many possessions and again, Auburn jumped on the opportunity.

After picking up one first down, Obomanu came up big with a 45-yard reverse, racing to the end zone for his second touchdown of the game to put Auburn in control, 21-0. His 45-yard rush was the longest of the game and was second longest rush of the 2005 season for the Tigers.

After being held to minus-46 yards on their first four possessions, the Crimson Tide scored their first points of the game early in the second quarter on a Tim Castille 1-yard touchdown run.

Cole Bennett finished Auburn's scoring with a 5-yard touchdown reception at the 2:07 mark of the second quarter. Cox found a pair of receivers for big gains twice in the drive, first completing a 19-yard pass to Anthony Mix and then hitting Devin Aromashodu over the middle for 21 yards.

Alabama attempted to catch the Tigers by adding a field goal in the third quarter and a 1-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback John Parker Wilson with 23 seconds left in the fourth, but the effort was too little, too late.

John Vaughn became Auburn's all-time leader in extra points made and attempted during the win, putting four extra points through the uprights to give him 127 PAT's in 128 attempts.

The game was also the last for long-time Auburn public address announcer Carl Stephens, who announced his retirement in March, 2006.

Tubberville's thoughts looking back...
"There's no doubt that in the Auburn-Alabama game, everybody regains everything that they felt they have lost during the season. They're beat up and tired, but they get a spring in their legs. Our defensive front was not going to be denied that night. We didn't blitz that much. It was usually a four-man rush and somebody beating somebody on their offensive line, and it just started from almost play number one. I didn't even think about it until then end when somebody told me that we got 11 sacks, because you're into the game. Even though we got that many sacks it was still a close game and a big Iron Bowl win for us.

"It was the end of the year and that's when you have to reach back for something extra, and that's what I'm saying about that game, both teams usually find that extra something. That night Stanley McClover was all over the place; we moved around a little bit and put him on different linemen. I thought our defensive coaches did a good job. That game is usually won in the trenches and it obviously was that night.

"Ben Obomanu is an Alabama product. I remember that first drive we ran a bootleg and Brandon (Cox) throws it in for a perfect strike. Then we run the reverse and it worked perfectly down the sideline. Then he made a great athletic play cutting back across the field and the only person that caught him was one of our guys running him down from behind trying to make a block. It was just the perfect night for us."